Paul Ekins – What would responsible mining look like?


Prof Paul Ekins OBE will be interviewed by host, Dr Sarah Gordon


UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WCIH 0NN, UK;


Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He also has an Hon DSc from the University of Keele. He was a Member of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. From 2014-2019 he was a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. In 2013-2014 he was a Member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform and Vice-Chair of the previous European Environment Commissioner’s Expert Economists’ Group on resource efficiency. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP), and was the lead author of the IRP’s reports on resource efficiency (commissioned by the G7 governments and presented in Japan in 2016) and mineral resource governance (published in 2020). He was a Co-Chair of UNEP’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), which was presented to the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi in March 2019. Paul Ekins’ academic work, published in numerous books, articles and scientific papers, focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is currently leading an IRP report on financing minerals extraction for sustainable development. In 1994 Paul Ekins received UNEP’s Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ and in 2015 received an OBE ‘for services to environmental policy’.